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Awning Care & Maintenance

Updated: Mar 20

Our awnings are easy to maintain. Typically, normal rainfall is adequate to keep its appearance clean. However, special attention should be given to areas under eaves, porches, awnings, and other overhangs that have limited exposure to the natural cleansing effect of rainfall. If cleaning is required, we recommend the following steps.

Dirty awning ready for care & maintenace

1. For small amounts of dirt – An occasional washing with clear water using a garden hose and soft-bristled brush is recommended (a long-handled, car-washing brush is ideal for this purpose).

2. For a heavier dirt accumulation – Wash in the manner indicated above, but use the following solution:

  • 1/3 cup detergent (e.g., Tide®)

  • 2/3 cup trisodium phosphate (e.g., Soilax®)

  • 1-gallon water

3. Mildew buildup – Mildew can grow on surfaces of all types of building products and is often evident on surfaces that have not been properly maintained. Normally, mildew will appear as black spots on your retractable patio awning. Mildew is easy to remove by using the following cleaning solution:

  • 1/3 cup detergent (e.g., Tide®)

  • 2/3 cup trisodium phosphate (e.g., Soilax®)

  • 1 quart sodium hypochlorite 5% solution (e.g., Clorox®)

  • 3 quarts water

4. Dark streaking – Black streaking can also collect on the surface of a structure resulting from numerous environmental factors. Please consult with the installer on the best way to remove the streaking from your unit.

5. Caulking compounds, tar, etc. – Use mineral spirits in reasonable amounts; apply directly to the foreign substance. Rinse the area thoroughly with water immediately after cleaning.

FOR WARRANTY INFORMATION: Click on the website below from Amerimax/Equinox

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